Serralves is one of the most well-known places in the city of Porto. The Foundation is the home of two museums – the Contemporary Art Museum and the Villa -, the Park and the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira (dedicated to the Portuguese director).
There’s a new addition to the Park: the TreeTop Walk. As fall settles, we decided to visit the Park and explore this new feature. Walking along the treetops is a new and exciting experience.
Put on a scarf and a warm coat and get ready to explore the autumn foliage and the rich Park’s flora at with us. And don’t forget to bring your camera.
‘Identified as being strategically relevant, the new walkway is created next to the tree canopy, high above the ground, and offers breathtaking opportunities to observe and study the Biodiversity of Serralves Park’.
This walkway has been created in order to promote people’s proximity to Nature, following the Foundation’s mission to promote natural and cultural heritage. This project has been developed by Carlos Castanheira (architect) in collaboration with award-wining Álvaro Siza Vieira.
Serralves Park has a wide variety of trees and bushes, composed by indigenous and exotic vegetation, including about 8000 woody plants, representing approximately 230 species and varieties.
The Tree Top’s 260 meters walkway is in total harmony with the surroundings. It’s built in wood (part of it recycled), and at some points reaches 15 meters above the ground. The view over the park is breathtaking.
It is amazing to walk along the TreeTop Walk. The proximity to some of the trees is also incredible. You are surrounded by different varieties of trees, most of them centenary. Here, you have the chance to learn more about some of the park’s species and closely observe them.
One of the main goals of the project was to respect the trees. The construction was made around the tree branches, making them an integral and organic part of the walkways. Another goal was to raise the general public’s awareness of the importance of nature and the environment’s preservation, as well as respect for biodiversity.
The TreeTop Walk represents a new connection between the public with nature and the Park itself.
Serralves Park 18 hectares are composed of an enormous variety of amazing intertwined spaces: the formal gardens, the woods, and the traditional farm. Jacques Gréber was the architect behind the original project.
It is amazing to walk along the treetops. The proximity to some of the trees is also incredible. You are surrounded by different varieties of trees, most of them centenary. Here, you have the chance to learn more about some of the park’s species and closely observe them.
The Park has grown over the years. The project started to be developed in the 30s and is still a landscaping reference, nationwide. It opened its doors to the public in 1987, after renovation and preparation work.
There are plenty of routes you can choose from, around the Park. Whichever you take, you’ll definitely learn about trees, the environment, and nature. A Renovation and Appreciation Project was started, ending in 2006, contributing to the society’s education and awareness towards the landscape heritage.
As you’ll be able to witness, Porto’s inhabitants have a passionate link to Serralves. We all love to walk around the Park, visit the art exhibitions and absorb all the knowledge and inspiration from this magical place. Serralves is, indeed one of our favorites!
If you want to explore this unique estate, come along! We can take you there. We are sure it will be an unforgettable experience!